The 2017 Confederations Cup is over and Germany are the champions. But who were the standout performers in the tournament? Here is our best XI.
Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo (Chile)
It was no fault of Bravo's that he ended up on the losing side in the final -- indeed, he made a couple of useful saves to keep Chile in the game as Germany stretched them on the break -- but his major contribution in the tournament came four days previous. Three penalty saves in the semifinal shootout against Portugal took...
Arturo Vidal has absolved Chile teammate Marcelo Diaz of any blame after the midfielder's first-half error led to Germany's deciding goal in Sunday's Confederations Cup final.
The South American champions dominated the opening 20 minutes of the 1-0 loss in St Petersburg, but conceded a goal against the run of play after Diaz gave away possession and allowed Timo Werner to set up Lars Stindl for the winner.
Chile were unable to force their way back into the game after Diaz's gaffe, despite registering...
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia -- On a day when they were frustrated, intimidated and pegged back by the red horde in front of them, Germany kept their nerve, hunkered down and punished an opponent's mistake for a 1-0 win that sealed the country's first Confederations Cup trophy.
It's what you'd call a veteran performance, borne out of age-old experience and tactical savvy -- except this German side has an average age of 23 and had hardly played together until 3½ weeks ago.
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia -- In the 61st minute of the Confederations Cup final, Serbian referee Milorad Mazic was given the opportunity to transform elite-level football and drag it into the 21st century alongside every other major sport, but in front of a global TV audience of millions watching Germany defeat Chile 1-0, he blew it.
With one simple decision, Mazic inflicted huge damage to the credibility of FIFA's video assistant referee (VAR) system and left those watching in a state of bewilderment...